Four Ways to Kick Start Your 2019

 
 

February 4, 2019

BY MIA SIMON

Many of you probably made a list of New Year’s resolutions before the start of 2019. Meanwhile, some of us who struggled to decide what we wanted to do before the New Year began. If you're still looking to tackle some new things in 2019, we have some suggestions for you. Here are some ways you can kick-start the year!

THE COOKERY DALLAS   (image from @thecookerydallas)

THE COOKERY DALLAS (image from @thecookerydallas)

LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE

Challenge yourself to learn a language this year! Dallas has a lot of options if you prefer learning in a classroom setting or even through conversation at a coffee shop!

PROGRAMS

Spanish: The Spanish House

French: The Alliance Française de Dallas

Italian: Italian School of Dallas

Various languages: UT Dallas

MEET-UPS

Korean in Carrollton on Sundays

Spanish in Dallas on Tuesdays

Japanese in Dallas, multiple days per week

Chinese in Plano on Sundays

French in Dallas on Wednesdays


LEARN TO COOK

If you're not a pro in the kitchen, your resolution could be learning how to be a better cook! Did you know there’s several places around town that offer cooking classes and lessons? You can learn about everything from new recipes, to how to better handle knives, and more!

Central Market: From couples nights to visits by notable chefs to knife skills to various international cuisines, this Texas grocery chain doesn’t just offer beautiful produce, but it offers you cooking expertise as well!

The Cookery: Located in the Design District and Fort Worth, this cooking school teaches people how to cook, in a fun interactive way that ends with a family style meal!

Sur La Table: The Knox District cooking store offers classes that include everything from pasta to desserts to date nights and more. Plus, you receive a shopping discount at the end if you need to buy any kitchen goods!


PRACTICE GRATITUDE

A small thank you can go a long way! Start off your year by practicing more gratitude. Tell the people in your life how grateful you are for their love, support and friendship. Sending an encouraging text is always sweet, but maybe you can take it a step further and send someone a handwritten note!

Here are a couple places you can find cute cards:

A Paper Affair Dallas

Read Between The Lines

Archer Paper Goods or The Merchant

All Good Things Paper


READ A BOOK

When is the last time you read a really good book? Picking out a new novel is always fun! Take some time to check out a bookstore, and find a book to read. It's a great way to take a break from technology, and unplug for a bit. There are quite a few good bookstores around, but we suggest trying:

The Wild Detectives: They have a great bar, and host lots of fun events and live music. Check out their calendar of events to see who is stopping by! 

Lucky Dog Books: Most of the books sold here have been previously owned, but it is makes shopping so much fun. If you're "lucky," you'll find notes the previous owner left behind in the book, and get to see how the novel impacted them.

Deep Vellum Books: This Deep Ellum bookstore makes a point to sell books written by local authors, women, and people of color. They also have a selection of translated novels, and books written in Spanish.